"Do No Harm: The Opioid Epidemic exposes the opioid lie we have been living in America for decades. This film and companion book can play a key role in educating communities about why opioid manufacturers should be held accountable for their calculated deception of health professionals and the general public. It's time for accountability. It's time for restitution. It's time to help our communities heal and recover."
Actor Ed Harris narrates filmmaker Harry Wiland’s straightforward but impassioned documentary about how big pharma in its promotion of opioid formulations as safe treatments for chronic pain induced doctors to prescribe medications that were in fact addictive. The seriousness of the opioid epidemic in the United States is beyond dispute, and Wiland does an admirable job of outlining its various facets in this timely documentary. Recommended.
“In a clear and engaging way, this passionate and disturbing film traces the origin of the worst man-made epidemic in history. By learning how it happened we are left better equipped to respond and better equipped to prevent future disasters. It should be required viewing for anyone interested in tackling the opioid addiction epidemic.”
“The government calls this an emergency. Families call it a plague! The White House says that the opioid epidemic now costs the U.S. Economy 504 billion dollars a year. The time for action is now. The time for communities to see this film is now.”
“Those of us who work in addiction treatment and rehabilitation need to expand our abilities to provide knowledge. “Do No Harm” illustrates the unvarnished truth on how the medical profession and public were “duped” into creating an epidemic that could have been prevented.”
“Do No Harm: The Opioid Epidemic exposes the opioid lie we have been living in America for decades. This film and companion book can play a key role in educating communities about why opioid manufacturers should be held accountable for their calculated deception of health professionals and the general public. It’s time for accountability. It’s time for restitution. It’s time to help our communities heal and recover.”
“Appreciate the Media Policy team’s enormous efforts that align and certainly support our shared public, community, and political education mission.”
“The opioid epidemic is the culmination of misaligned incentives and poor regulatory oversight of prescribers, a cash cow for pharma, and an incredibly alluring drug for patients. Despite immense effort to gain control of the damaging and deadly crisis, we have made only marginal gains. The persistent yet changing landscape of the epidemic is testament to the profound effects that an opioid has on its users, whether through its exacerbation of pain, the search for the next best high, or the craving caused by addiction. Do No Harm presents this disturbing but important story.”
“Do No Harm does an excellent job of defining the causes and conditions resulting in one-quarter of a million deaths due to use of opioids – the main takeaway is that opioids are NOT the proper solution for the treatment of chronic pain.”
“Do No Harm unflinchingly exposes the role of the pharmaceutical industry in the creation of the current opioid epidemic, while also compassionately probing the suffering of its victims … who include not only those who have died or become addicted to opioids, but their grieving parents and orphaned children left behind.”
“Every clinician who prescribes opioids for chronic pain needs to watch this program. Until we are honest about the harm that has been done, and the role of well-intentioned physicians in fueling the devastating epidemics of prescription drug addiction and overdose, we cannot begin to turn this problem around.”
“The irony is drugs that can take away anguish always seem to create anguish as payback.”
“Opioid drugs are great until they aren’t. They aren’t when they stop giving pleasure and pain relief, and start destroying natural pleasure and pain relief. Education is the strongest tool for prevention and Do No Harm is the best (or strongest) film I have seen in battling this epidemic.”
“Doctors, drug companies, and politicians must accept responsibility for their part in creating the cruel opioid epidemic, but alone they will fail to reverse its scourge. Community and family efforts, education and persistence, are inescapable treatment modalities. Do No Harm shows us the terrible pain, and who’s to blame, but also gives us hope with recovery strategies, not just for individuals, but for the nation.”